Skip to comments.Girl, 7, Fatally Struck By Vehicle At Indoor Car Show
Posted on 09/23/2013 7:17:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin
SANTA FE SPRINGS (CBSLA.com) The death of a 7-year-old girl was under investigation Monday after she was fatally struck by a vehicle at an indoor car show.
The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday inside a warehouse in the 10200 block of Freeman Avenue in Santa Fe Springs, the Whittier Police Department said.
A spokesman for the Whittier Police Department confirmed a car hopping show took place inside the warehouse, which houses a hydraulic auto body shop known for customizing cars.
The show had reportedly ended and the vehicle was exiting when the driver lost control and hit the unidentified girl.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the girl inside and a car that had sustained damage to its front end and windshield. The driver remained on the scene and was questioned by police.
Officials said the child suffered traumatic injuries to her body.
Crews also found a collapsed individual shelving unit that had held multiple pallets of bottled water.
Police confirmed the vehicle lost control and drove into the pallets, which collapsed. It is unclear if the young girl was killed from the vehicles impact or if the pallets fell on her.
The event was organized by CBM Hydraulics and featured customized cars that have been modified to hop up and down.
More than 200 people attended the show and dozens of cars were said to be inside when the accident took place.
KCAL9′s Dave Lopez reports no one answered at the companys headquarters Monday, though numerous people were seen inside the office building.
The victims name has not been released pending notification of her parents. A spokesperson for the Coroners Office said they tried unsuccessfully to reach them throughout the day.
The investigation is ongoing.
Prayers up for all concerned. Sounds like an awful, accidental, tragedy.
Time to ban car shows/s
That's a little odd, 7 years old and the parents weren't with her?
Either that or 7 year old girls. /s
Actually, those cars modified with "hopping" shocks are silly to the point of horrible. If such a modification is shown to have been the cause of this accident and the needless death of a little girl, I wouldn't be all that put out if they were prohibited at indoor shows.
I dunno, I freakin' hate Nanny State rules, though. It's just that my daughter was 7 once... what an awful shame this girl was killed.
Sadly, most “accidents” are really the result of stupidity and carelessness. I have granddaughters who either have been 7, or will be 7 in the future. I completely agree with you.
In this instance, I would not be surprised if they were both at work.
The driver “lost control” indoors? You can just imagine what he was doing. He should probably be strung up.
Probably trying to "hop" the car as he was driving it out.
Check out YouTube videos of "car hopping" -- it's madness. Stupid display of testosterone gone awry.
And note, I'm a guy with a fine T-count who likes fast cars, motorcycles, guns, all that. It's just that testosterone should be used for more important things than jumping a pile of metal up and down with overgrown shock absorbers.
String 'em up.
There was a video story with footage of these cars going up to 45-degree angles when they hop. I didn’t think they could go so high. Sad story.
You can see them on YouTube.
Years ago I followed the "Modifieds" (modified stock race cars) on the tracks in New Jerssey. I've seen cars go airborne and the only thing that stopped massive spectator carnage was the heavy chainlink fence in front of the grandstand. I was in that crowd.
Life can be dangerous. Machines can make it both more interesting, and more dangerous.
It is a sad thing that happened. The little girl could have been with her aunt and uncle, I’m sure she wasn’t there alone.
I don’t care for this so called “sport” myself. But it is something some people get enjoyment out of and some of them do it as families.I don’t think it’s anymore silly than driving in circles to the left at 200+ miles an hour. I do enjoy drag racing though which could be considered silly by others.. I wasn’t there but couldn’t this just be an unfortunate accident? The little girl could have just got away from who ever was watching her and the driver could have lost control of the car trying to avoid hitting her and hit the shelves and they fell on her. It is a very sad thing that happened.
Surely possible, in fact that was my first thought also (see my comment #2).
Just saw tape of it on our local news. To call it a “car show” is pretty generous. It was really just a bunch of guys in a warehouse bouncing their ghetto rides. The crowd was like 4 inches from the car, so it’s not a shock that it hit something that fell on the girl.
Back in the 70’s, a guy that I worked with had a Buick Riviera Low Rider. It sat on the ground when he parked it.
The only think holding up the chassis were the Hydraulics.
He was driving down PCH doing about 60 MPH and
the Hydraulic system failed. The Car dropped onto the pavement and flipped over numerous times.
He didn’t make it out alive.
Yikes! And the updated news says the car hit her, not that she was crushed by pallets and water bottles. Just awful.
I'm speechless. And that's not easy.
Prayers up for the girl's family, who must be in shreds; for whomever was with her at the "show" and had to deal on the spot, and for the little girl herself, who is now with her God.
As for the person driving the car that killed her, I can only hope that s/he uses this horrible event to turn their life around, and may God have mercy on their soul.
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